Thursday, June 16, 2011

Marbled Godwit on Greenbank Road field

June 10, 10:00 am

This large and uncommon shorebird was reported on ONTBIRDS.  Being only 5 minutes from my house, I had to follow up.

There was a fairly large pond (puddle) which was easy to scope.  It seemed to be full of Mallards, then I saw the lone Brant.  It took another birder to alert me that there was a much smaller pond in front, almost totally obscured by long grass.  Sure enough, the Marbled Godwit was there along with two Black-bellied Plovers in breeding plumage, a Dunlin and some Semi-palmated Sandpipers.

I needed to get up higher, so returned home to come back with a step ladder.  This worked to give better views, but I was not able to use the scope effectively.

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